The history of the Royal Palace goes back to the first half of the 19th century when, on the site of the present Royal Palace, there was a building constructed in 1820 by order of Dinicu Golescu. The original building was turned in 1837 into the court of Prince Alexandru Ghica, and, successively, home of Alexandru Ioan Cuza (the first prince of the United Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia) and residence of Prince Carol I. The latter altered the original building, by resorting to the services of two foreign architects, namely, Paul Gottereau and Karl Liman. It was not the first time when Carol I turned to the services of Karl Liman, since the architect also contributed to the building of the Peleş Castle.

Most of the present structure dates back, however, to 1937, when Carol II decided to have the palace rebuilt, mostly due to the fact the former structure (parts of it) burned in a fire in 1926. N.N. Nenciulescu was in charge with designing the new palace, which he did, and it is to this architect that the present Royal Palace owes most of its layout.

The Royal Palace underwent subsequent extension works in the course of history, but the bottom line is nowadays it stands out as one of the most notable Neo-Classical buildings in Bucharest. It is also home to the National Museum of Art of Romania, and it has been performing this function since the 1950s. The last tragic historical episode the Royal Palace underwent refers to the 1989 Revolution, when it was burned. The restoration works carried out in the late 20th century, however, managed to restore the palace to its former glamor.

Name:
Royal Palace (Palatul Regal)
Address:
49-53, Calea Victoriei, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone:
0040 021 3133030
Email:
national.art@art.museum.ro
Website:
www.mnar.arts.ro

49-53, Calea Victoriei, Bucharest, Romania

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